SAN DIEGO -- Not visible during the early portion of practice, San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Dwight Freeney appears to have gotten onto the field at some point Wednesday afternoon.

Freeney was listed as limited with a knee issue on the team’s injury report. Others who practiced on a limited basis include three players who did not play against Jacksonville over the weekend: tight end Ladarius Green (hamstring), tight end David Johnson (shoulder) and cornerback Jason Verrett (hamstring).

Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson (shoulder), defensive tackle Corey Liuget (concussion) and inside linebacker Donald Butler (shoulder) also were limited participants on Wednesday.

Players who did not practice include cornerback Shareece Wright (knee), outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring), receiver Malcom Floyd (illness), running back Ryan Mathews (knee), center Rich Ohrnberger (back), inside linebacker Manti Te’o and linebacker Reggie Walker (ankle).

Outside linebacker Cordarro Law (ankle) was a full participant.

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy would not provide an update on Te’o or Mathews, stating it is not his policy to comment on the status of injured players.

“I’m not going to set a timetable on when anyone is coming back, or when they are healthy and ready to go,” McCoy said. “I can just say this -- everyone’s working extremely hard right now.”
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The only thing surprising about St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher's announcement that Austin Davis is his quarterback this week and for the rest of the season is that there was an announcement at all.

There were plenty of signs along the way that Davis would retain the job after making a positive impression in his two starts against Tampa Bay and Dallas. It was the commonsense move, and Fisher wasn't going to eschew that in favor of something that wasn't best for his football team.

The reality was that, at some point, Fisher was going to have to publicly confirm what everyone's eyes were telling them. I thought that might happen after Davis started against Philadelphia this week, but Fisher got it out of the way on Wednesday.

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Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesAustin Davis, the Rams' starting quarterback for the rest of the season, passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns against the Cowboys.
Now that Fisher has confirmed the obvious, the opportunity for Davis shifts beyond a simple game-by-game approach and into something much deeper. In his comments Wednesday, Fisher made it clear that he will have patience with Davis. Interceptions, fumbles and other miscues won't earn Davis a quick seat on the bench.

The Rams want to see what Davis has for the rest of the season.

"I’m not going to have a short hook," Fisher said. "Look at the league last week. There’s some really good quarterbacks having some hard days. I understand that, so I want him to go on that field with confidence and learn how to deal with putting difficult times behind him and continue to improve."

In the short term, Davis gives the Rams the best chance to win, which is what made this decision a relatively easy one for Fisher. What makes it a slam dunk is what Davis could provide beyond the scope of the 2014 season.

Less than a quarter of the way through his third NFL season, Davis' start against the Eagles on Sunday will be only the third of his career. He is 25 years old and has plenty of room for growth in the coming weeks.

With Sam Bradford coming off a second ACL surgery and scheduled to count $16.58 million against the cap next year, his future in St. Louis is tenuous. Shaun Hill, who now reverts to a backup role behind Davis, is 34 and on a one-year contract. Rookie Garrett Gilbert is on the practice squad, and Davis clearly outplayed him in the preseason.

Put simply, if the Rams have any quarterback on the roster who could provide hope for the future of the position, it's Davis. In three games, he leads the NFL in completion percentage, led a stirring comeback win at Tampa Bay and posted 327 passing yards and three touchdowns in a loss to the Cowboys.

Beyond the numbers, Davis has a locker room full of teammates who are buoyed by his presence in the huddle and his fiery demeanor on the field.

"We definitely feed off that," tight end Lance Kendricks said. "You need that in the huddle sometimes, especially with a young group like us. I think that kind of helps everyone’s confidence and ability to just play their game."

The humble and soft-spoken Davis is not letting his more permanent promotion change how he is approaching things. He said Wednesday he hasn't thought much about how he's come from spring roster long shot to entrenched starter in a matter of about three months.

"I think that’s why you do take the cliché approach of work hard every day and take every rep like it’s your last, because you never what’s going to happen in this game with injuries and different opportunities and things like that," Davis said. "So, yeah, it’s a bit of a wild ride. But at the end of the day, this team’s looking for me to lead them, and I’m up for that challenge and excited about it.”

What's left unsaid is the world of opportunity available if Davis should prove consistent. Not that he can think about that right now or that he's done nearly enough to show he should be the starter long term.

But it was only a couple of weeks ago when Davis got his first chance with the hope of turning it into something more. He made the most of it and earned a much bigger opportunity. What he does with his newest task will go a long way in determining what comes next for his career and the Rams at quarterback.
PITTSBURGH -- Stephon Tuitt didn’t try to hide a wide smile on Wednesday afternoon and for good reason.

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“I literally felt like 90 percent of the plays I was in, I did right,” the rookie defensive end said. “That alone shows progress.”

Tuitt has played sparingly on defense through the first quarter of the season and when asked if a light went on for him during the Steelers’ first practice of the week, he said, “Kind of. I know I can play. What’s holding me back is not knowing the plays. When I start knowing the plays I’ll help my team. Just like anybody in a new system, it’s going to hit sooner or later.”

The sooner the better for Tuitt.

The Steelers, too.

Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said before the start of the season that he expected the immensely talented Tuitt to get significant playing time.

That hasn’t materialized as Brett Keisel, who re-signed with the Steelers six weeks ago, has played in a rotation with starting defensive ends Cameron Heyward and Cam Thomas over Tuitt.

Tuitt played just three snaps in the Steelers’ 27-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the second-round draft pick has just one tackle after four games.

But if Tuitt’s demeanor after practice on Wednesday is an indication, the 6-foot-5, 303-pounder is anything but frustrated as he adjusts to the NFL and veteran defensive line coach John Mitchell.

“He’s a tough coach but he really wants all of his players to get better. As long as you give him effort and show that you’re trying to get better every day you’ll always be on the same side,” Tuitt said. “I go hard every day, so it’s exciting.”

What really has Tuitt excited is his belief that he is getting closer to just playing and not thinking as much when he is on the field.

His development will only help a defensive line that has stabilized after getting gashed by the run in the Steelers’ first two games.

The Steelers have allowed just 105 rushing yards and 3.5 yards per carry in their past two games largely because of the improved play of the defensive line.

“Don’t let our record fool you,” Tuitt said. “We are a great team and we’re going to show it when the time comes.”
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- In my 14 years of covering the Baltimore Ravens, I don't recall a time when the defensive players raved about a young quarterback like they did when talking about Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on Wednesday.

"We're really impressed with the kid. We don't say that about a lot [of players]," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "Usually we come up here and play a political game and we're like, 'This guy can make every throw and this guy is pretty good.' This guy is actually really f------ good."

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The Ravens face Luck and the Colts on Sunday, and there's no question they're lining up against the hottest quarterback in the NFL right now. Luck is the first player in NFL history to post consecutive games with at least 370 yards passing, four or more touchdown passes, a completion percentage above 70 percent and one or no interceptions.

Luck leads the league in passing yards (1,305) and has thrown the most passing touchdowns (13) by a Colts quarterback through the first four games of a season -- and that includes Peyton Manning and Johnny Unitas.

The Ravens beat Luck in their only meeting, keeping him out of the end zone in a 24-9 win in a 2012 AFC wild-card game. But that was when Luck was in his first year in the league.

"He was already good his rookie season, obviously," cornerback Jimmy Smith said. "Now, he's that much better. He has way better control of the offense. Anytime a person is open, he hits them. That's what it looks like on film. Everybody has to be on their game this week. Everybody has to know exactly what we're doing. We can't let any balls get over our head."

The Ravens know Luck can hurt them with his legs as much as his arm. Since coming into the league in 2012, Luck is second only to Cam Newton among quarterbacks in converting third downs by running the ball with 27.

"He ran like 4.5 [40-yard dash] or something at the combine, so he's outrunning most defensive ends," Suggs said. "It's going to be a fun and entertaining game."

This game features the Ravens, who have given up the second-fewest points in the NFL (15 points per game), against the Colts, who have scored the most points in the league (34 points per game).

"This is probably the best offense we've had to face so far," Smith said. "They have a ton of receivers who can get open, get the ball and score. They have a quarterback who is on his way to being the best in the league. We have our work cut out for us."
IRVING, Texas -- This Wednesday off thing seems to have agreed with Tony Romo, so the Dallas Cowboys quarterback was a spectator at practice just as he was the previous two weeks.

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After not functioning well in the first two games, the Cowboys and Romo agreed to alter the quarterback's practice schedule so he could spend more time strengthening his core and legs to help him on game days.

The results could not have been better. Romo has completed 40 of 52 passes for 479 yards and five touchdowns and one interception since undergoing this routine.

"You want to feel healthy," Romo said. "You want to feel good. You want to feel like you're maximizing your opportunities to be at your best within each day and obviously within each week and start over and do it again. I don't think about it anymore than that."

Romo took part in Wednesday's walkthrough and spent the early part of the regular practice in the weight room. When the team portion of practice starts, Romo is on the practice field observing the plan.

"It's a full day for him," coach Jason Garrett said. "There's no question about that."

In each of the last two games, Romo has had runs of 16 and 21 yards. He finished the win against the New Orleans Saints with 20 yards on six carries with his yardage total dipping because of three kneeldowns.

He still outgained Philadelphia Eagles back LeSean McCoy, who had 17 yards on 10 carries last week against the San Francisco 49ers.

"Me and him are battling," Romo joked. "Just the speed out on game days I'm sure. I'm sure he's looking at my moves and seeing if he can incorporate them. I think he's safe. I think at the end of the year when you add it up, he'll probably pass me."
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With linebacker Danny Trevathan on track to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, the Denver Broncos will be at full strength as they play their first game coming off a Week 4 bye.

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Trevathan, who suffered a fracture at the top of his tibia in an Aug. 12 training camp practice, practiced fully on Monday and again on Wednesday. He was the team’s leading tackler last season and his return gives the Broncos plenty of options in their personnel groupings on defense, especially since his replacement, Brandon Marshall, has performed well enough to be tied for the team lead in tackles after three games.

“I still think [Marshall] is going to play a lot," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said “ … But getting Danny back means we have everybody in there and can do whatever we need to do."

Asked about how Trevathan has worked in practice, Broncos head coach John Fox said following Wednesday’s practice: “He looked good Monday as well, it’s good to have him back. … He’s very happy to be back."

Overall, following their earlier bye week since 2006, the Broncos are healthy as safety David Bruton Jr. (ankle) was the only Broncos player held out of Wednesday’s practice. Linebacker Lerentee McCray (knee), who has not played since the Broncos' Week 2 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, was limited in practice as was guard Louis Vasquez.

Fox said Vasquez, who has battled some stiffness in his back this season, had a “rib cage’’ injury. Vasquez has not missed a game since he signed with the Broncos before the 2013 season and is expected to be in the lineup on Sunday.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Kyle Orton stood with his arms crossed and nearly expressionless in front of his locker for six minutes Wednesday, answering questions for the first time since being named the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback Monday.

At one point, Orton was asked, "Why will you run the offense better than EJ [Manuel]?"

Orton wasn't going there.

"Not saying that I will," Orton responded. "I mean, that's a loaded question. That's a crap question."

Orton saw live action only twice last season, including a Week 17 start for the Dallas Cowboys, and was out of football this preseason as he reportedly considered retirement.

"I was trying to be a great father for my daughters at home," Orton said. "That was really what my mindset was."

Orton was all business when asked about how the locker room would receive the quarterback change.

"I guess you'd have to ask everybody else," he said. "I'm focused on doing my job and providing veteran leadership and executing my job."

PHILADELPHIA -- LeSean McCoy didn't want to talk about the Philadelphia Eagles' running game after he gained 17 yards on the ground in San Francisco Sunday. By Wednesday, McCoy wasn't much more enthused about the topic.

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AP Photo/Ben MargotEagles running back LeSean McCoy rushed for a season-low 17 yards against the 49ers.
"I'm not sure," McCoy said. "I'm just not getting it done. I don't know what else to tell you."

The use of the first-person singular is admirable. McCoy was quick last season to credit his blockers for helping him lead the NFL in rushing. And everyone knows the Eagles' offensive line barely resembles that group because of injuries. Right tackle Lane Johnson has returned from his four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use, the first good news for the line in months.

"I got my boy Lane back," McCoy said. "We'll find out. We'll see what happens. That helps. I'm used to the guys and I know how they block. Last year, I had the whole entire line healthy for 16 games. They did tremendous. I'd love to stand up here and tell you what's going on, but the truth of the matter is we're not getting it done."

McCoy is frustrated, but not discouraged.

"I'm confident in my game," McCoy said. "I know who I am. The teams that we play, they know what type of player I am. So that doesn't bother me. I can't answer the reasons why we can't get the running game going. I'm not going to fight that battle. It is what it is. Hopefully, it changes. I still prepare the same way."

McCoy only ran the ball 10 times Sunday, his lowest total of the season. But the Eagles only ran 56 offensive plays and held the ball for under 18 minutes. So there simply weren't as many opportunities to establish the run.

Against St. Louis Sunday, the Eagles will try some new approaches to get their run game going.

"We have some different plays that we're working on this week," McCoy said. "But a lot of it is just executing. Getting the backs on one-on-one matchups. That's what we're best at."
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa missed part of practice Wednesday due to a court appearance on a domestic violence-related charge.

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“Went in and spoke to the judge, and it’s a pending legal matter,” Enunwa said.

NJ.com reports that Enunwa’s Florham Park municipal court hearing was postponed until Oct. 15 so that the alleged victim’s new attorney would have time to travel to New Jersey.

Enunwa’s attorney, Anthony Fusco, said there would be no negotiations toward a plea deal.

"There's not going to be a guilty plea," Fusco told N.J.com.

Enunwa was arrested Aug. 31 for “purposely, knowingly or recklessly, causing bodily injury” to a woman at a local hotel. The arrest was just days after the NFL issued new measures for domestic violence offenses, which includes a six-game suspension for first-time offenders.

Enunwa was asked what he thought of the new policy.

“That’s what the NFL put out there, I don’t have an opinion,” Enunwa said. “When you put yourselves in a situation, you have to face the consequences of whatever is coming. With a pending legal matter, I have to let everything fall through.”

He repeated the phrase “pending legal matter” six times in the 90-second interview.

There have been a few arrests since the new policy passed. The Cardinals immediately removed RB Jonathan Dwyer from the active roster after his arrest for, among other things, allegedly head-butting his wife and breaking her nose. The Panthers' Greg Hardy was placed on the exempt/commissioner's permission list while he appeals a guilty verdict for assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend.

NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello said of Enunwa’s status with the Jets: “The case is pending and will be reviewed under the personal conduct policy.”

A Jets spokesperson added, “It is an ongoing legal matter and we are monitoring the situation.”

Enunwa said the arrest and subsequent legal process have not kept him from putting his best effort in with the team. A reporter used the term “distraction” when asking Enunwa if an arrest for simple assault was affecting him.

“No, no. This industry, you’re going to have distractions all over the place,” Enunwa said. “Unfortunately I have a pretty unfortunate distraction but I don’t let it get in the way of my work.”
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It looks like Eli Manning will have a new weapon to throw to this coming Sunday.

Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who missed the New York Giants’ first four games of the season because of a hamstring injury, practiced Wednesday, and it sounds like he’ll play against the Atlanta Falcons.

“I feel good,” Beckham said, flashing a big smile. “Just looking forward to that opportunity, and getting a chance to finally run out on the field.”

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AP Photo/Bill KostrounFirst-round pick Odell Beckham looks to be fully recovered from the hamstring injury that has kept him from making his pro debut.
Beckham was officially listed as limited, but said he did everything. Prior to practice, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Beckham will be part of the game plan this week.

“We’re in that phase,” Coughlin said. “What we obviously need to do is to see some hard back-to-back practices, one after the other, which I expect we’ll accomplish this week.”

The Giants’ offense, under new coordinator Ben McAdoo, has looked better as the season has progressed, scoring a combined 75 points in consecutive wins over the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins.

But there is room for improvement -- the Giants are ranked 16th in the league, right smack in the middle, in both rushing yards (120.3) and passing yards (231.3) per game.

Manning is sixth in the NFL in Total QBR, and third in completion percentage for passes thrown 10 yards or fewer (76.8). But he has completed just two passes of more than 20 yards.

“I hope that he can be a big weapon for us,” Manning said of Beckham. “He definitely has a little burst of energy, a burst of speed. He can be a deep threat, can win on some underneath stuff. Can get him hopefully throwing some short passes and he can break it for some big plays. We’ve got to just keeping working. “

Fellow wide receiver Victor Cruz said Beckham has “a ton of ability.” Beckham caught a touchdown pass late in practice Wednesday, on a deep post route.

“We just need more of that -- we need more plays like that to be able to keep defenses honest,” Cruz said. “I think Odell can provide that, I think Rueben [Randle] as well can provide that, and it’s just a matter of us hitting our spots.”

The Giants will be facing one of the worst defenses in the league statistically on Sunday. The Falcons are ranked 30th in opponent passing yards per game (276.3), and 28th in opponent rushing yards (153.5).

If Beckham does play, you might see a lot of him, despite all the missed practice time early in the year.

“He’s been in every meeting. I would expect him to know everything,” Coughlin said. “I wouldn’t shy away from that. He’s demonstrated an ability to handle whatever’s thrown at him, he’s done that throughout.”

With Beckham back, the Giants are a remarkably healthy team a quarter of the way through the season. Not a single player on the active roster sat out practice Wednesday.

Just three other players were limited: linebacker Jon Beason (foot/toe), linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring) and punter Steve Weatherford (ankle).
IRVING, Texas -- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday after recording his first career interception return for a touchdown, a career-high nine quarterback hits, a pass defensed and five tackles in a victory over the Buffalo Bills.

This Sunday afternoon, Watt and the Texans visit the Dallas Cowboys in a battle between 3-1 teams.

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Watt's ability to line up at both defensive end spots and inside as a tackle makes him a matchup nightmare for any team. However, Cowboys center Travis Frederick, a teammate of Watt's at Wisconsin from 2009 to 2011, said don't forget the other players on Houston's defense.

"He's a tremendous player, like I said, but they also have a lot of good players in their linebacking corps. Jared Crick on the other end is a good player as well," Frederick said. "He's another Big Ten guy. The guys in the middle are big run stoppers and it's not just one guy. We're not playing the Houston J.J. Watts. We're playing the Houston Texans and it's going to be a good challenge."

Watt has more quarterback hits (16) than 13 other NFL teams. The closest player to Watt in terms of quarterback hits is Seattle's Michael Bennett, who has eight. The Cowboys see him in Week 6.

But Watt's ability to rush the passer from different parts of the line of scrimmage is a challenge. As the right defensive end, Watt will meet the left tackle, and in the Cowboys' case that's Tyron Smith, who is coming off his first Pro Bowl season.

"It's always fun going up against a good player, and everybody is in this game for the competition and that's basically all it is," said Smith, who worked out with Watt prior to the 2011 NFL draft. "He's one of the top players at his position, and I give him credit for what he's done so far."

Can the Cowboys control Watt?

Can the Cowboys contain Watt?

"I think it’s the same thing," Frederick said. "He's one part of a bigger defense, and our job is to control and move against the Texans defense."
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton was listed as limited on the Wednesday practice report.

Last week, Melton (hamstring) didn't practice until Friday and was listed as questionable going into the game against the New Orleans Saints. Melton did play against the Saints.

Defensive end Anthony Spencer (knee), who made his season debut last week, was limited.

Tony Romo (back) and Bruce Carter (thigh) didn't practice on Wednesday. Romo is expected to practice this week and play in Sunday's game against Houston. Carter most likely won't play.

Linebacker Rolando McClain (groin) and wide receiver Dez Bryant (shoulder) were full participants on Wednesday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Don't expect Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to exchange pleasantries before the teams meet on Sunday in San Francisco.

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"We definitely have that kind of relationship," Harbaugh said. "Alex and I have had this conversation before about the going up and slapping each other on the rear end and hugging before the game. Both our point of views was, 'Nah, we wouldn't do that.' That conversation came up and we were both, 'We're not into that.' "

Harbaugh said that wouldn't necessarily be because of any hard feelings between the two. Smith was the quarterback for Harbaugh and the 49ers before being benched during the 2012 season in favor of Colin Kaepernick.

Smith was then traded to the Chiefs at the end of that season.

"I've always seen him as a great quarterback, a great football player," Harbaugh said. "He plays all games like he really wants to win the game. It's a joy to coach a guy like that. He always gave you his best. He's a top-notch guy, a man I truly respect."

Kaepernick indicated he would attempt to say hello to Smith.

"We'll get a short talk in before the game but we both know we're here for business," he said.

He also had little, but all good things to say about Smith.

"I had a great relationship with him," Kaepernick said. "He really helped me develop as a player. I attribute a lot of my success and development and coming along so quickly because of what he did for me.

"He's one of classiest people I've been around with the way he handled that situation and the way he continued to help me after I started playing. He (did) everything you could imagine to try to help this team win."
INDIANAPOLIS -- Here’s a breakdown of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis' 2016 contract extension, per ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates.
  • He’ll get a $1.5 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year. His base salary is $3.5 million and he has escalators based on his sacks.
  • He’ll get $250,000 for 10 sacks. It goes up to $500,000 for 11 sacks and $1 million for 12 sacks. Mathis had a league-high 19.5 sacks last season and has four other seasons of at least 10.5 sacks during his 13-year career.
  • Mathis was due a $3 million roster bonus at the beginning of the league year in 2015. That’s been changed to $3 million of per-game roster bonuses. He’ll get $1 million for one game on the 53-man roster and then $125,000 for each game on the roster after that.
CINCINNATI -- Wallace Gilberry, in his ever honest and matter-of-fact delivery, told reporters Wednesday that he wished the New England Patriots had won their game Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Barry Chin/The Boston Globe/Getty ImagesThe Bengals know better than to underestimate perennial AFC East power New England with Tom Brady, center, and Bill Belichick, right, still calling the shots.
"Because you know they're going to come back out reloaded and hungry," said Gilberry, a veteran Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle. "We're definitely hungry, too. It's like two hungry lions trying to eat. It's going to be a fight."

The Patriots (2-2) will host the Bengals (3-0) in a nationally televised game Sunday night that many believe could finally validate Cincinnati's place atop the NFL -- if the Bengals win.

Several Bengals acknowledged Wednesday that while they were a little surprised by New England's 41-14 blowout loss in its trip to Kansas City, their perception of the reigning AFC East champion hasn't changed. It's still a franchise that has had its share of success in the last decade and a half. Together, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have won three Super Bowls. Brady also is a nine-time Pro Bowler, even if his play behind a patchwork offensive line in Week 4 didn't really show it.

Brady was 14-for-23 against the Chiefs, amassing just 159 yards and one touchdown and two interceptions.

"The way that game turned out doesn't show the kind of team that they are," Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said. "Obviously it kind of got out of hand, and the score was pretty lopsided, but that's not the team that they are. It shows you've got to play every [week] because if a few things don't go the right way, it can turn out like that. But they're a talented team. They've been a good team for a long time so we know we're going to get their best."

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis knows the Patriots aren't satisfied with the way they played Monday and that they will be out to prove they are better than they showed.

"They've got a lot of good players and generally play very well together," Lewis said.

Gilberry contended that while it was easy for the narrative of this week's game to focus on the Patriots and their apparent ineptitude during this early stage of the season, he and his teammates are looking from within for motivation.

"I can't worry about [New England]," said Gilberry, who added that he watched Monday night's game live. "All I can worry about is doing my job and not making mistakes because every Sunday is a different Sunday. I'm going to expect them to come out there and be the New England Patriots; and that's a smart, physical football team.

My job is to go out and counter anything they give me. I can't worry about how they played last week. You can see in this league that teams get beat by 10, 15 points, and then come back and blow another team out. We don't want that to happen.

"We're not going to underestimate them, nor buy into what happened last week."

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